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Why become a YCLA?

YCLA membership provides an opportunity to serve the legal profession in the Commonwealth by contributing to initiatives and projects relating to the profession and rule of law. YCLA members have a vital role to play as the CLA undergoes a process of consolidation and renewal.

Young Lawyers are driven by the Association’s objective to maintain and promote the rule of law in the Commonwealth. And Young Lawyers’ Officers are mandated to promote the interests of young lawyers throughout the Commonwealth through the advancement of this objective.

Through the work of these Young lawyers Officers, who act as a champions for the CLA, YCLA members benefit from learning about:

  • Issues of concern locally and within the wider region that impact the rule of law
  • Relevant projects, activities and events that are taking place locally and within the wider region that would be of benefit to you and your career
  • News items and social media content that is relevant to your interests, career development and/or area of study
  • CLA-branded events such as lectures, seminars, training workshops etc

In addition, you will have all the other benefits of being a CLA members:

  • Access to CLA-Online, our members-only networking site, connecting you to industry peers
  • Access to Association news, insights and invites
  • A heavily discounted rate to attend the Commonwealth Law Conference 2021 in The Bahamas
  • Newsletters, statements and
  • Opportunity to get involved in CLA projects
  • Opportunity to submit or contribute to articles and think-pieces

Young Lawyers group for the period April 2019 – September 2021 are as follows:

Name Role
Joanna Robinson Joint Chair and YCLA rep on CLC2021 Papers Committee – England, European Hub
Rishika Arora Joint Chair – India, Australasia Hub
Darshani Parsuramen Mauritius, African Hub
Camilla Hart England, European Hub
Danielle Donawa Caribbean, Americas Hub
Santhaan Krishnan Young Lawyers Mentor/ Immediate Past President – India, Australasia Hub
Alex Watt AIJA Rep – England, European Hub
Edwina Mazunda YCLA Communications Officer – Zambia, African Hub
Emmanuela Sakala Zambia, African Hub
Sam Walker Canada, Americas Hub
Max Davis England & Wales, European Hub
Amna Rashid Pakistan, Asia Hub
Martina Baindu Egbenda Sierra Leone, Africa Hub
Siddharth Sijoria India, Australasia Hub
Chloe Mc Millan Trinidad and Tobago, Americas Hub

If you have any more questions about becoming a YCLA, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

We’d love you to join us.

Joanna Robinson and Rishika Arora
Joint Chairs, YCLA

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Brian Speers, President of CLA answers questions from YCLA

What Are the Objectives and Mission of the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association?
How Does the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association Implement its Objectives?
How Long Have You Been a Member of the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association?
What Made You Become Involved in the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association??
What do you plan to focus on whilst President of the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association
What does the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association offer its members?


This members-only, interactive site enables the opportunity for connection, support, discussion, peer networking, knowledge-share and mentoring.

As well as connecting with others, members   will be able to access exclusive content, covering news, insights, thought-leadership and event invites.

  • More membership inter-connectivity
  • More shared knowledge
  • More regional engagement
  • Engage on a wealth of important legal topics
  • Reduced Conference (CLC2021) rates
  • Better support CLA’s projects and shared mission

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The Future Role of The Law

22nd Commonwealth Law Conference

in Nassau, The Bahamas | 5th – 9th September 2021